In Alaska, plants can grow freakishly large due to the 20 hours of sunshine they receive per day - which gives them a photosynthesis bonus. Examples include 138 lb cabbage, 65 lb cantaloupe, & 35 lb broccoli. A noted side effect is that the produce is also much sweeter due to the extra sunlight. npr.org/sections/thesalt/…
Three-quarters of U.S. teens and adults are deficient in vitamin D, the so-called "sunshine vitamin" whose deficits are increasingly blamed for everything from cancer and heart disease to diabetes, according to new research. scientificamerican.com/ar…
When Bill Withers debuted with β€œAin’t no Sunshine” in 1971, he refused to leave his job as an assembler in a factory, believing that the music business was a fickle industry rollingstone.com/music/mu…
Bill Withers intended to write a third verse to "Ain't no sunshine," but on the advise or others, just decided to repeat 'I know' 26 times. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ain…
Bill Withers, the singer song writer of "Aint no Sunshine" was a factory worker making airplane toilets when he wrote the hit song at age 31. After the song hit gold, the record company presented him with a gold toilet marking the start of his new career. smoothradio.com/features/…
Comedian and actor Tracy Morgan was in several scenes in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind but was left out of the final cut of the movie. vanityfair.com/hollywood/…
Katrina and the Waves -- the band best known for the lone hit, "Walking on Sunshine," in 1985 -- won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1997. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kat…
Vostok Station in Antarctica, with an average temperature of -55.2Β°, and where the coldest-ever natural temperature was recorded, is one of Earth's sunniest places, with more annual hours of sunshine than the sunniest places in South Africa - despite having no sunshine from May to August en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vos…
New York City and Barcelona have very similar yearly sunshine duration. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Before antibiotics, patients with Tuberculosis were sent to Colorado Springs as it was believed dry air and sunshine helped in the treatment. TB sanatoriums, or small hut-like structures with ventilation, still litter backyards and properties around the city. atlasobscura.com/places/t…
With 3,872 hours of bright sunshine annually, Phoenix receives the most sunshine of any major city on Earth. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pho…
Today I learned about Radithor, radioactive water sold as medicine. It was owned and produced by a college dropout, who marketed it as "A Cure for the Living Dead" and "Perpetual Sunshine". It notably killed a man in 1932, who was buried in a lead coffin, and was still highly radioactive when exhumed in 1965. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rad…
Wuhan has a Yangtze river swimming club. Members meet twice a day in rain, snow or sunshine, dodge boats and navigate crazy currents all in the name of exercise youtube.com/watch?time_co…
For his song, β€œAin’t No Sunshine,” Bill Withers intended to write more lyrics instead of repeating the phrase "I know" 26 times, but followed advice of other musicians to leave it, β€œI was this factory worker puttering around," Withers said. "So when they said to leave it like that, I left it." wikipedia.org/wiki/Ain%27…
In 1980, the MV Summit Venture collided with the Sunshine Skyway Bridge spanning the entrance to Tampa Bay. The southern span of the bridge collapsed onto the ship, killing 35 people. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sun…
Sunshine has a larger effect on mental health than temperature or rain. news.byu.edu/news/sunshin…
In Zurich's largest cemetery there is a "Mourning Vending Machine" with some of its contents are tissues, rosaries, condolence cards, and even a tiny music box playing β€œYou Are My Sunshine.” atlasobscura.com/places/d…
The guitar solo on Donovan’s β€œSunshine Superman” was played by Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page. His band mate John Paul Jones also played on the track. rollingstone.com/music/mu…
The cast of the critically acclaimed *Das Boot* were not allowed to see sunshine during the entire year the movie was filmed. This was done in order to maintain their unhealthy pallor and contributed to their realistic portrayal of a "journey into madness". uboat.net/special/movies/…
"That’s The Way (I Like It)” by KC & The Sunshine Band was re-recorded to make it sound less sexual, changing each β€œuh-huh” from a guttural groan to a simple affirmation. stereogum.com/2054426/the…
The original version of β€œAin’t No Sunshine” by Bill Withers did not chart on the UK Singles Chart until 2009, 38 years after its release! factcompilation.com/inter…
HYDROX is the original and OREO is the knockoff. Sunshine made Hydrox in 1908 and Oreo copied it in 1912, yet Hydrox is perceived as the knockoff. Hydrox cookies have a tangy, less-sweet filling and a crunchier cookie that gets less soggy in milk. Hydrox will relaunch nationally in 2015. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyd…
The original version of "Ain't No Sunshine" by Bill Withers did not chart on the UK Singles Chart until 2009, 38 years after its release. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bil…
The design for the anti-solar spacesuits in Danny Boyle's 2007 sci-fi movie Sunshine was based on Kenny from South Park. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sun…
Len, the band that recorded "Steal My Sunshine," had a $100,000 budget for the music video and spent so much of it on alcohol that they broke the hotel service elevator trying to lift it all. stereogum.com/1877413/beh…
The β€œOrange Sunshine” acid mentioned in the SNL skit with Jimmy Carter talking a dude down from a bad trip was real, down to the color and pill shape. vice.com/en_ca/article/dp…
French artist Pierre Bismuth had the concept of sending a card to people saying they had been erased from the memory of someone they thought they knew. He did not pursue it but shared the idea with his friend Michael Gondry who went on to incorporate it in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. dazeddigital.com/artsandc…
Not only does Florida have its own government agency dedicated to Citrus fruits, but it commissioned its own Avenger superhero named Captain Citrus who shoots pure Florida Sunshine from his hands and has excellent bone density from drinking Florida Orange Juiceβ„’. floridacitrus.org/captain…
In 1980 a freighter struck the Sunshine Skyway Bridge (Tampa Bay, FL), causing six cars, a truck, and a Greyhound bus to fall 150 feet (46 m) into the water, killing 35 people. The bridge was also featured in the 2004 film "The Punisher". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sun…
Today I learned about the Sunshine Skyway Bridge disaster in which the freighter, Summit Venture, collided with the bridge causing six cars, a truck, and a Greyhound bus to fall 150 feet into the waters. 35 people were killed. One person survived after his truck landed on the deck of the ship before the water tampabay.com/photos/2018/…
When Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast in 2005 many news outlets reported it with the title "Katrina and the Waves". When the New York Times contacted the titular Katrina from said band she said she hoped "Walking on Sunshine" would be the anthem for the Gulf Coast's recovery. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kat…
Today I learned of a medicine created in the late 1910s called Radithor. It contains only water and radium. Claiming to be "a cure for the living dead" and "perpetual sunshine", the drug was intended to provide energy, improve libido, and cure most general ailments. theconversation.com/when-…
Palm trees can actually grow quite far north, if their habitat is moderated either warmer ocean waters or ample winter sunshine. Locales with native-grown palms include: Washington, DC; Seattle, WA; St. George, Utah; and portions of the British Isles. geographylists.com/list11…
Kanye West liked the score for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind so much that he hired Jon Brion to produce and write Late Registration with him -- even though Brion had no hip-hop experience. m.mic.com/articles/93634/…
Paul McCartney had jets emit dry ice to remove clouds from the sky so that he could perform "Good Day Sunshine" in sunny weather. theguardian.com/science/2…
Actor Cillian Murphy converted to atheism after researching his role as a nuclear physicist in the sci-fi film "Sunshine" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cil…
Nancy's Yogurt avoided bankruptcy with the help of the Grateful Dead, who over time held a series of 10 benefit concerts on behalf of the creamery. The film Sunshine Daydream was shot at the first performance 8/27/72. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spr…
In the 1930s, parents used to keep their babies in cages on their windowsill in order to make sure they got enough air and sunshine in tall apartment buildings. goodhousekeeping.com/life…
In April 2011, Irish airline Ryanair advertised 'a place in the sun destinations' but the advert was banned when it was found that some of the destinations has sunshine for as little as three hours per day and temperatures between 0 and 14 Β°C. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rya…
Rob Zombie worked as a production assistant on Pee-Wee's playhouse before forming White Zombie, which didn't gain mainstream attention until Bevis and Butthead aired the music video for "Black Sunshine" youtu.be/bQQV97bvNas
Today I learned of the Scottish Highland village of Carrbridge which became embroiled in an argument with the BBC over weather reports. While the village enjoyed sunshine the corporation reported wet weather which in turn "damaged tourism". The BBC's defense: "weather behaves in unpredictable ways". telegraph.co.uk/culture/t…
There's a syndrome called Bullerby Syndrom, that is referring to an idealization of Sweden, which consists of a stereotype image of Sweden with usually positive associations, including Wooden houses, Clear lakes, green forests, mooses, People with blond hair, Happy people and midsummer Sunshine en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bul…
In 1851, American physician Samuel Cartwright theorized that laziness amongst slaves was caused by an illness he called "dysaesthesia aethiopica". The cure he proposed was whipping the oiled back of the patient, then "putting them to some hard kind of work in the sunshine" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dys…
Jim Carrey was actually changing his clothes really, really fast in order to appear in two places in one scene of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and no CGI was used cracked.com/article_19140…
From Japan to France and Finland to South Africa, many cultures call simultaneous rain and sunshine a fox/wolf's wedding en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sun…
Cambridge Bay, Canada has a 0.0% chance of sunshine throughout December en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cam…
Saint Petersburg Fl set the world record for most consecutive days of sunshine with 768, from 1967-1969. stpete.org/surprising/sur…
People used to drink "Liquid Sunshine" aka radium water blog.nyhistory.org/get-me…
The original version of "Ain't No Sunshine" by Bill Withers did not chart on the UK Singles Chart until 2009, 38 years after its release. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bil…

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